September 2005 News Releases



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Friday September 30, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall department of art and design professor's sculpture 'Pipe Dreams' receives purchase award

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Marshall University assistant professor of art Claire Sherwood has been awarded the state's purchase award for her sculpture "Pipe Dreams."   Sherwood's work is now a permanent piece in the state's collection at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston.

"This is the first time I've ever sold a piece that will stay in a collection at the state level," Sherwood said.  "The purchase prize is exactly that.  The state buys the piece in order to place it in its collection."  

Sherwood has one other piece of sculpture that is being featured in the 2005 West Virginia Juried Exhibition, which includes artwork by 93 West Virginia artists.  

The exhibition begins this weekend with a ceremony at the Cultural Center at the state capitol complex at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The exhibition continues through Jan. 29, 2006. For more information, persons may contact Claire Sherwood at sherwood@marshall.edu or at (304) 696-4312.

Cultural Center hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Thursday September 29, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall graduate awarded James Madison Fellowship

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Arysta N. McGill, a graduate of Marshall University, has been awarded a 2005 James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights," the fellowship will help fund McGill's course of study toward a master's degree.

The fellowship is directed toward current and prospective teachers of American history and social studies and supports graduate study of the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.  The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, and to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government thereby exposing the nation's secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation's constitutional heritage.

McGill, who lives in Point Pleasant, W.Va., was selected for the fellowship in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the nation's island and trust territories.  A total of 47 fellowships were awarded in 2005.


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Thursday September 29, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Digital Camera Workshop is Oct. 27 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Digital Camera Workshop, a half-day seminar geared towards those who want to learn how to use their digital cameras or for individuals who are considering buying digital cameras, takes place Thursday, Oct. 27 at Marshall University.

The introduction to digital photography, hosted by the Marshall Technology Outreach Center, is from 8 a.m. to noon in Drinko Library room 349. Registration fee is $99 per person, which includes all workshop materials. Attendees may bring their digital cameras with them if they already have them.

Participants will gain the skills they need to become proficient with digital cameras in a comfortable and friendly learning environment. The workshop will cover various facets of digital cameras including purchasing a digital camera, using a digital camera, displaying and sharing digital photos, understanding pixels and image sizes, and basic digital image editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Persons interested in obtaining more information or registering for the workshop may contact Kelli R. Mayes, director of the Marshall Technology Outreach Center, at (304) 696-3325 or via e-mail at mayes@marshall.edu.


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Wednesday September 28, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MU student representative Seth Murphy resigns from board; student body president Michael Misiti appointed as interim member

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Student representative Seth Murphy has resigned his position as a member of Marshall University's board of governors, BOG chair Menis Ketchum announced today.

Murphy, whose resignation was effective Sept. 23, cited family reasons for his decision to leave the board, Ketchum said.

Board policy allows Marshall's dean of student affairs to appoint an interim member to replace Murphy. Dean Steve Hensley appointed student body president Michael Misiti to take Murphy's place on the board as an interim representative. A permanent replacement will be chosen during the regular student election in November.

"Seth Murphy was an excellent board member who was not afraid to challenge the establishment," Ketchum said. "We do understand, however, that family matters take precedence over institutional concerns."

Marshall president Stephen J. Kopp said Misiti's experience as SGA president will help him as a board member.

"Michael has demonstrated very strong leadership qualities," Kopp said. "He represents the students and their issues very effectively. He will be an outstanding spokesperson for the student perspective as an interim board member."

Misiti said he is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board. "I look forward to representing the students adequately at the board of governors' level," he said.

Misiti may be reached at (304) 696-6436.


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Wednesday September 28, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Golf scramble to help fund scholarships for MU's H.E.L.P. program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) program is sponsoring its annual golf scramble to help fund need-based scholarships for students in the program.

The scramble begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Riviera Country Club in Lesage. Cost to play is $100 per person, and signup continues through the day of the event.

H.E.L.P. director Lynne Weston said the golf scramble is important to and appreciated by the students.

"We want to thank the people who have participated in the past, and we hope they realize how much these students appreciate their help," Weston said. "Some of the students will tell you that they would not make it through school without the H.E.L.P. program and the scholarships we provide."

Weston said Papa John's and Subway are providing lunch for participants, and Rocco's Ristorante is catering dinner. Special attractions include a putting contest, long drive contest and door prizes.

For more information, persons may call (304) 696-6252 or send a fax to (304) 696-3231.


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Wednesday September 28, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Board approves significant pay raises for Marshall faculty and staff; School of Medicine raises also approved by board

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's board of governors today unanimously approved a proposal presented by President Stephen J. Kopp to increase annual pay for the 2005-2006 academic year for MU faculty and staff during a special meeting at the Memorial Student Center.

The board also approved Kopp's proposal to increase pay for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's faculty and staff.

Board of governors chairman Menis Ketchum said the board's approval of this salary plan is intended to create conditions conducive to the hiring and retention of quality faculty and staff and to make progress toward addressing the issue of salary compression.

By Jan. 1, 2006, annual faculty pay at Marshall will have been increased by an average of 6.5 percent, classified staff by 5 percent and non-classified staff by 4 percent through the pay increase. School of Medicine increases are: 6.5 percent for basic science faculty, 4 percent for classified staff, 3 percent for non-classified staff and 1 percent for clinical faculty. 

"Governor Manchin jump-started this process when he signed Senate Bill 603 and was successful recently in passing pay increases for public educators through the Legislature," Ketchum said. "With the autonomy that (Senate Bill) 603 gives us, the university leadership has worked with our budget to meet the requests of many of our faculty and staff to improve their lives and retain their talents."

Kopp said issues such as low pay and salary compression for faculty were the top priority of the board of governors and senior administrative leadership when he assumed his presidential duties on July 1.

"Our goal here is simple - we want to have the ability to recruit and keep the best possible educators, scholars and employees here in West Virginia," Kopp said. "Early in my presidency, it has become very clear to me that we need to act now if we're going to maintain a quality faculty, plus create an environment in which our students can reach their full potential."

Dr. Sarah Denman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall, said the board's vote shows MU's faculty that the university is committed to the faculty's development and retention.

"On behalf of our faculty, I want to thank Governor Manchin, President Kopp and our board of governors for this increase and believe that we've created a more stable environment that will make Marshall a more attractive place to learn, teach and grow," Denman said.

Kopp, too, applauded Manchin and the Legislature for taking action that led to today's vote by the board of governors.

"We now have the means to address this critical priority in a significant way by increasing faculty pay by an average of 6.5 percent," Kopp said. "We are also addressing competitiveness considerations for classified and non-classified staff through a pay increase during the same academic year."


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Wednesday September 28, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Pay raises approved for Marshall Community College faculty and staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A proposal presented by Marshall Community & Technical College President Dr. Vicki L. Riley to increase pay for the 2005-2006 academic year for MCTC faculty and staff was unanimously approved today by the Marshall University Board of Governors.

The average increase for Marshall Community & Technical College faculty is 5 percent, for classified staff is 5 percent, and for non-classified staff is 4 percent. The increases were approved during a special meeting of the board at the Memorial Student Center.

"It is critical for Marshall Community & Technical College to offer competitive faculty and staff salaries.  We need to retain personnel that are technically skilled and highly dedicated to student success," Riley said. "The governor's salary allocation this year helped us meet that commitment."

The increases will be implemented fully by Jan. 1, 2006.


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Tuesday September 27, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall art department launches new club

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The first meeting of the "Film Snobs," a new club at Marshall University, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Smith Hall room 621 on MU's Huntington campus.

Although the club is under the auspices of the department of art & design in the College of Fine Arts, students and faculty from across campus are invited to attend the meeting.

Organizers hope every two to three weeks to have meetings in which club members will view full-length feature films as well as short films. This first gathering will feature a potluck dinner provided by organizers, although attendees may bring food if they wish.

For more information, persons may contact David Seth Cyfers at cyfers10@marshall.edu.


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Monday September 26, 2005
Contact: Susan Tams, Director of Editorial Services, (304) 696-2584

Marshall Unveils "Sights and Sounds" Page on Web Site

Huntington, W. Va. - Marshall University's Web site team has created a "Sights and Sounds" page designed to provide easy access to photos, videos, and other materials about Marshall University.

"We've developed this page so that the general public, as well as the university community, can get to this material with just a couple of clicks," said Dr. Jan I. Fox, vice president for information technology at Marshall. "Sights and Sounds gives our community a one-stop shop for the many of the multiple resources that are distributed throughout the many university Web pages."

The "Sights and Sounds" page includes links to Marshall news videos, a photo gallery of recent events, selected archives of WMUL-FM broadcasts, and an academic showcase section that will feature videos of Marshall departments and degree programs, among others.

"By viewing the academic showcase videos, prospective students will see the variety of experiences available at Marshall," said Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "The videos are a great way to enhance the printed materials and the face-to-face contact prospective students have with faculty and admissions counselors."

Other links from "Sights and Sounds" include maps and an interactive tour of the Huntington campus and sections on the local Huntington community and Marshall University history.

To view the page, persons may visit the Marshall Web site at www.marshall.edu/ and follow the link named "About Marshall."

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Thursday September 22, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

19th annual Yeager Symposium at Marshall University focuses on Appalachian traditions, folklore and music

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 19th annual Yeager Symposium takes place Monday, Sept. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 29 at Marshall University.

The lecture series, "Echoes of Appalachia," focuses on Appalachian traditions, folklore and music. A variety of speakers and musical presentations will take place throughout the week, also with an emphasis on Appalachia.

"We chose the topic to explore our region's vast and interesting history," Johnny Walker, event co-chairman, said. "We hope to portray the history and traditions of Appalachia through the series."

The following is a schedule of events for the Yeager Symposium:

Monday, Sept. 26 - "Potluck," a presentation on the oral traditions of Appalachia, takes place in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The presentation also showcases the Appalachian traditions of women, wisdom and home-cooking. The presentation will be given by Karen Vuranch, Julie Adams, and Colleen Anderson, who have traveled across the U.S. with their stories of cookery and community.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 - John Walker, father of symposium co-chairman Johnny Walker, is a fourth-generation rifle maker from the Carper family who produced the locally famous Carper Rifles. John Walker will give a presentation on carrying on the tradition of his maternal ancestors and using the antiquated methods of his relatives to recreate the Appalachian Hog Rifle in both form and spirit. The presentation takes place at 7 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Walker also will present examples of the machinery used to produce the rifles as well as finished work.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - A showing of "The Mothman Prophecies" takes place at 5 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. After the movie at 7 p.m., Jeff Wamsley, author of "Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend,"will compare the true story of the Mothman to the 2002 movie starring Richard Gere. Wamsley is a native of Point Pleasant, W.Va., and co-founder of the annual Point Pleasant Mothman Festival.

Thursday, Sept. 29 - Bluegrass sensation Wildfire performs at 7 p.m. in Marco's in the basement of the Memorial Student Center. Wildfire performed as the house bluegrass band at Dollywood in 2000 and 2001 and recorded background music for the Home & Garden cable station before recording its first CD, "Uncontained." Band members Phil Leadbetter, Robert Hale, Darrell Webb, Curt Chapman and Barry Crabtree will present their refreshing bluegrass sound and inform Marshall University's audience about the history of bluegrass music and instruments.

All events are free to the public. For more information, persons may contact Walker at (304) 222-5582.


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Wednesday September 21, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Marshall professor's photographs in national magazine

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University assistant professor of art Mark Slankard's photographs are featured in the current issue of the Boston Review, a political and literary journal with a circulation of 10,000.  

Eight of Slankard's photos are published in conjunction with the featured New Democracy Forum section titled, "What's Hurting the Middle Class." Slankard said he was contacted by the magazine after someone with the magazine spotted his work at an art show in Cleveland.

"I'm very excited to be sharing the pages of this magazine with many influential people," Slankard said. 

Slankard said most of the photographs included in the feature were taken in southern Ohio and Indiana.  The images of suburban landscapes complement nearly two dozen pages about the middle class and its characteristics.

For more information, persons may contact Slankard at (304) 696-2903.


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Wednesday September 21, 2005
Contact: Megan Barbour, Communications Director, Student Government, (304) 696-6412

'Spike the Cam' theme adopted by Marshall's SGA for Conference USA volleyball opener Friday with UTEP

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association has adopted the theme "Spike the Cam" for the Thundering Herd volleyball team's first Conference USA game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Cam Henderson Center.

The promotion is similar to the annual "Jam the Cam," in which the MU women's basketball team attempts to attract a big crowd for one of its regular-season games at Cam Henderson Center.

The goal at Friday's "Spike the Cam" is to draw a large crowd when Marshall takes on the UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) Miners.  Pizza, T-shirts, and prizes will be given away at the game, and the first 200 people to arrive will receive free beverage Koozies.

Also, Giovanni's Pizza will sponsor a "serving competition" and Esquire Golf Club will host a chipping contest between games.

Two tickets to Marshall's football game Oct. 8 at Virginia Tech will be given to the best sign made in support of the volleyball team. The judges will be Colleen Talley, Student Government Association athletic liaison, and other athletic department marketing graduate assistants.

For more information, persons may contact Talley at colleen.talley@marshall.edu, or at (304) 696-289.


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Tuesday September 20, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Law school recruitment fair is Wednesday at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's chapter of pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta is sponsoring a law school recruitment fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center's Don Morris Room.

Harrison O'Dell, an MU senior and director of programming with Phi Alpha Delta, said representatives from 11 law schools will participate. They will recruit Marshall undergraduate and graduate students to attend their law schools after graduating from Marshall, O'Dell said.

Participants include Capital University School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, University of Akron, University of Dayton, University of Louisville, Appalachian School of Law, University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, the University of Cincinnati and West Virginia University College of Law.

More information is available by calling O'Dell at (304) 412-9521.

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Tuesday September 20, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

Fall general faculty meeting is Sept. 29 at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A state of the faculty address by faculty senate chair Larry Stickler, remarks by President Stephen J. Kopp and the introduction of 64 new faculty by college deans highlight the agenda for Marshall University's fall general faculty meeting Thursday, Sept. 29.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center playhouse. After the meeting, a reception to honor the new faculty will take place in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

New faculty to be introduced are:

College of Education & Human Services - Van Anderson, Marshall Angle, Laura Boswell, and Linda Geronilla

College of Fine Arts - Sean Beavers, Bryon Clercx, Yulia Kozlova, Susan Onofrio, Vicki Stroeher, and Jenette Williams

College of Health Professions - Cary Dixon, Jennifer Perry, Sandra Prunty, and Donna Robinson

College of Information Technology & Engineering - Annie Protopapas

College of Liberal Arts - Melissa Atkins, George Davis, Elena Ermolaeva, Ana Hermoso Gonzalez, Kelli Grady, Rebecca Hoff, Christine Huhn, Sangmoon Kim, Roxanne Kirkwood, Eric Lassiter, Charles Meadows, Donna Sullivan, Wendy Williams, and David Winter

College of Science - Kairui Chen, Menashi Cohenford, Norah Catherine Esty, Diana Fisher, Bratoljub Milosavljevic, Huong Nguyen, and Boris Sorkin

Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business - Paul Hamilton and Rex McClure

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - Kelly Dick, Wade Douglas, Paul Edwards, Jeffrey George, Michael Goldman, Susan Hager, Erika Harris, Nathalie Henchey, Bonghyun Lee, Mary Marcuzzi, Bobby Miller, Louis Molina, John Parker, Jr., Carol Patterson, Mesfin Seifu, Edward Setzer, Maria-Andrea Vidal, Kenneth Wright, Nadia Yaqub, and Mumtaz Zaman

MUGC Graduate School of Education & Professional Development - Dixie Billheimer, William Capehart, Patricia Myers, Samuel Securro, Jr., and Sandra Stroebel

W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications - Maryl Neff.

More information is available by contacting Bernice Bullock with the faculty senate at (304) 696-4376.


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Monday September 19, 2005
Contact: Beverly McCoy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, (304) 691-1713

Marshall Pediatrics Department sending Katrina medical relief team

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University Department of Pediatrics is sending a four-person team to Louisiana Tuesday to provide medical services to people in the Katrina-damaged town of Angie, about 60 miles northeast of New Orleans.

The team, which will provide services for the next week, includes Dr. Isabel Pino, nurses Rena Chapman and Sherrie Fulton, and social worker Kelli Phelps. The four will leave early Tuesday from Charleston's Yeager Airport.

Marshall is participating in Operation Assist, which is a Katrina response program organized by the Children's Health Fund and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. The MU Department of Pediatrics and the Children's Health Fund already collaborate in a mobile pediatric clinic that serves children in rural communities in southwestern West Virginia.

Pino said the Marshall team will be based in a mobile clinic similar to the one used in West Virginia. The van in Louisiana is on loan from an Arkansas project; the Marshall team is replacing a Children's Health Fund team from Phoenix.

"We'll be treating people with normal illnesses like colds and diarrhea, plus people who have problems like asthma and diabetes who have run out of medicine," she said. Phelps will help address the mental health needs of those faced with the immense stresses of the hurricane's devastation.

The team will be taking down as much medication as it can, and will stop in Baton Rouge to buy food and water to avoid straining local resources. With local housing options severely limited in the town of less than 250, Pino and her team are taking sleeping bags so they can camp out at a local fire station or hospital.


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Monday September 19, 2005
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications, (304) 696-7153

MCTC, School of Medicine collect 1 tons of supplies for evacuees

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University Community and Technical College and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University recently organized a relief effort to collect and send supplies to Hurricane Katrina evacuees now living at Camp Dawson in Preston County, W.Va.

Marshall students, faculty and staff, along with members of the community, collected one and a half tons of supplies, including toys for children, school supplies, books for children and adults, baby supplies, cleaning supplies and personal care products.

On Monday, Sept. 12, volunteers Rik Abbess, Matt Donathan and Aaron Ross from the senior class at Grace Christian School in Huntington moved the supplies from the third floor of Corbly Hall on MU's main campus, where donations were delivered, to the truck parked nearby, then loaded them on the truck as well.

Transportation of the goods to Camp Dawson was provided free of charge by Tri-State Express.


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Friday September 16, 2005
Contact: Bill Bissett, Marshall University, (304) 746-2038

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to be a part of Constitution Week at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As part of the events recognizing Constitution Week and the 250th Birthday Celebration of Chief Justice John Marshall, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will participate in two functions next week at Marshall University's Huntington campus.

WHAT: Panel discussion with Chief Justice Albright and Justices Davis, Maynard and Benjamin. The discussion is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public.WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Huntington campus, Marshall University WHAT: The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will be in session for the first time on the Huntington campus of Marshall University. To review the docket, visit http://www.state.wv.us/wvsca/calendar/sept20_05ad.htm WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Huntington campus, Marshall University 
 


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Friday September 16, 2005
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Volunteer Fair is Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University office of volunteer services is encouraging students to get connected with the Huntington community during the annual Marshall University Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The fair, which takes place in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center, provides students with the opportunity to meet representatives from service organizations throughout the area and find out how they can volunteer with an organization.

"The fair allows students to see what organizations are in the area and gives them the opportunity to become a volunteer and help out in the community," Prudy Barker, director of volunteer services at Marshall University, said. "We try to reach out to the community at Marshall and this is the perfect opportunity for our students to be involved in the Huntington area."

The service organizations that will be participating in the fair are: 

CONTACT of Huntington; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Tri-State Literacy Council; Cabell County Community Services Organization; Cabell County Youth Empowerment; Ebenezer Community Outreach Center; Hospice of Huntington; Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity; Girl Scouts, and American Cancer Society

For more information, persons may contact Barker at (304) 696-2495.


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Thursday September 15, 2005
Contact: Megan Barbour, Communications Director, Student Government, (304) 696-6412

Blood drive at Marshall brings in record 182 units of blood

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University students, faculty and staff donated 182 units of blood to the American Red Cross last week in a two-day blood drive sponsored by the student government association and the student ambassadors.

Student body president Michael Misiti said the 182 units are the most ever collected during a Marshall blood drive. Officially, the drive was conducted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7-8 in the Memorial Student Center. However, many students were still donating well into the 6 o'clock hour on the second day, Misiti said.

Misiti said he is overwhelmed by the student, faculty and staff turnout and donations, and attributes the blood drive's success to one of SGA's executives.

"This outcome could not have been possible without the great planning and hard work of Jeanette Kripas, student government director of campus projects," Misiti said. "Many people have mentioned that this large outcome is a result of students' compassion for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is very true, but a large portion of this success is due to the hard work of Jeanette Kripas."

Kripas said she is more than pleased with the way the drive went.

"We had numerous businesses donate food and that was a huge help," Kripas said. "I'm really just thankful for all of those who donated blood and appreciative of everyone who helped work the drive."

The next blood drive will be in November at the Campus Christian Center. For more information, persons may contact Misiti at (304) 696-6436 or Kripas at (304) 696-6412.

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Thursday September 15, 2005
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Vandalia, MU to commercialize DNA production system

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The first biotechnology research company based upon Marshall University research has begun operations in Huntington. The formation of Vandalia Research Inc. makes it the first company to come out of a program begun two years ago to focus on area economic growth based upon scientific research at Marshall.

Vandalia Research and Marshall University have entered into an exclusive license agreement to commercialize the patent-pending Triathlon DNA production system that has been under development since early 2003, Derek Gregg, Director of Business Development with Vandalia, announced today.

The announcement took place at a news conference at the Frederick Building in Huntington, where Vandalia's offices are located.

"DNA in the 21st century will serve as a catalyst for more efficient drug discovery, diagnostics, therapeutics, identification methods, and computing advances," Gregg, a Marshall junior, said. "All of these applications require large amounts of short, specific DNA sequences."

Gregg said Vandalia Research and Marshall University recognized this market need and developed the Triathlon system using the industry-standard PCR method to provide customers with a solution that fits with their research and development efforts.

"The Triathlon system provides advantages over current applications, and its scale and cost allow for many new and exciting applications, increasing scientific knowledge and consumer uses for DNA technology," Gregg said.

Gregg said formation of the company was completed when Vandalia was successful in convincing local investors to provide the start-up capital in excess of $500,000 through acquisition of Vandalia common stock.

"We're indebted to the local group of investors who have worked very closely with Vandalia and actually made this venture possible," Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said.

The company's management team includes Gregg, Marshall junior Justin Swick, and MU professors Dr. Elizabeth Murray and Dr. Michael Norton.

"I'm extremely proud of our faculty and students in this entrepreneurial endeavor," Dr. Howard Aulick, vice president for research at Marshall, said. "They have provided both the leadership and the passion to begin a biotech industry here in Huntington. It is not an easy process but I believe it will be one of the first of many biotech companies that will grace this area."

Norton said he hopes other students are inspired by Vandalia's success.

"We do hope that this event awakens the entrepreneurial spirit among the many excellent students of all ages who are part of the intellectual community which calls Marshall its home," he said. 

At Marshall, the project was supported by grants from the West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

For more information about Vandalia Research, Inc., formed in 2005, persons may visit http://www.vandaliaresearch.com or call Gregg at (304) 529-0803.

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Thursday September 15, 2005
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MU Day of Service Saturday on campus, in community

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University Day of Service, formerly known as SweatEquity Day, is expanding off campus this year, Prudy Barker, MU's director of volunteer services and student affairs, said today.

MU Day of Service is planned from 10 a.m. to about noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. In previous years, Marshall students and faculty spent the special day sprucing up the main campus in Huntington with chores such as sweeping, painting, picking up cigarette butts, pulling weeds and washing windows.

Saturday, they'll not only work on campus, but also at Veterans Memorial Field House, the Ritter Park tennis courts, the Huntington Museum of Art and Barnett Child Care Center.

"The planning committee decided it wanted our students to engage in service in the community, to develop a tradition of service in the community," Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs, said.

In the five years of SweatEquity Day, the goal was for participants, particularly freshmen, to establish ownership in the campus.

"Now we want them to establish ownership in the campus and the community," Barker said. "We try to involve freshman classes so they can be educated as to their civic responsibilities."

Barker said more than 300 people, including MU President Stephen J. Kopp and his wife, Jane, and Dr. Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost, are expected to participate in the Day of Service.

Those in the Marshall community who want to help are asked to meet at 10 a.m. near the John Marshall statue, which stands outside the Drinko Library facing John Marshall Drive. Or, they may call Barker at (304) 696-2495.

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Wednesday September 14, 2005
Contact: Bill Bissett, Director of Public Relations, South Charleston, (304) 746-2038

South Charleston campus marks 10 years of serving Kanawha Valley

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As a familiar part of the landscape within the Kanawha Valley, Marshall University's South Charleston campus continues a 10-year tradition of serving students who seek to better themselves and make a difference here in the Mountain State.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the South Charleston campus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an outdoor luncheon for Marshall's students, faculty, staff and alumni.

"I'm very proud of what Marshall has accomplished at the South Charleston campus," Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, said. "It's impressive when you can serve the residents of our capital city and the surrounding area by offering a quality education that is both accessible and affordable. We rely heavily on both private industry and state government for our students and our adjunct faculty, and appreciate this mutually beneficial relationship."

"While the South Charleston campus is our most visible campus from a major highway, it's important to remember that Marshall actually serves the entire state of West Virginia," Kemp Winfree, vice president of regional operations, said. "However, this campus, with more than 2,800 graduate students a semester, offers a valuable resource to the people of the Kanawha Valley."

Betsy Dulin, dean of the College of Information Technology & Engineering (CITE), said she believes that the uniqueness of the South Charleston campus can be found in the students who take advantage of the campus.

"Our students at the South Charleston campus are primarily working professionals," Dulin said. "They come to campus after a long day's work and we want to accommodate them with a user-friendly environment combined with high-quality courses that are timely, useful and immediately applicable in their professional lives."

Prior to being a location for learning, Marshall's South Charleston campus was a Little League Baseball field. It was donated to the former West Virginia Graduate College, which was made part of Marshall University on July 1, 1997. The campus now consists of two buildings - the Administration Building and the Robert C. Byrd Academic & Technology Center.


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MU board of governors meets Wednesday at MOVC in Point Pleasant

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's board of governors will conduct its next regularly scheduled meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

The board, which normally meets at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in downtown Huntington, occasionally has its meetings at one of Marshall's regional campuses. This will be the board's first meeting at the MOVC.

Homer Preece, director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, will give the board an update on the past, present and future of the MOVC. Also, the board will meet with the center's board of advisors.

"We're very excited about having the opportunity to host the board of governors," Preece said.

The MOVC opened in May 1994, and its current location at One John Marshall Way opened in January 2000.

Three former members of the board of governors, reappointed recently by Gov. Joe Manchin, will be sworn in Wednesday. They are A. Michael Perry, Virginia King and Michael J. Farrell. Also to be sworn in are faculty representative James M. Sottile, staff representative Sherri Noble and student representative Seth Murphy.


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Tailgate party planned before Marshall-UCF football game

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A tailgate party is planned for Marshall University football fans preceding the Thundering Herd's 6 p.m. game Saturday, Sept. 24 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

The party is from 3 to 5 p.m. at Tinker Field, a baseball facility located next to the Citrus Bowl. Cost is $25 per person, which includes meals and beverages, and those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP no later than Sept. 20 by calling (304) 696-2901 or (800) 682-5869.

The event will be catered by Sonny's Bar-B-Que, with a menu of pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, lemonade, tea, water, soda and beer.

Marshall's tent will be located in left field. To get there, fans are asked to enter the main entrance of Tinker Field on the west side of the Citrus Bowl (Tampa Street) and follow the third-base line.

The event is sponsored by the Marshall University Alumni Association, The Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Central Florida Alumni Club.

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Marshall's Katrina fund-raising effort brings in more than $520,000

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Fans attending today's Kansas State-Marshall football game were asked to "Bring a buck" to Joan C. Edwards Stadium to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

They did bring a buck - and more. Lots more.

The total collected from the stadium-record crowd of 36,914 fans, including about 2,000 cheering for Kansas State, was at least $521,000, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, MU President Stephen J. Kopp and student body president Michael Misiti announced late in the game.

Clearly, the urgency of the need to help the hurricane victims as quickly and as effectively as possible was obvious to the fans at the stadium. "They need us bad and they need us quick," Misiti said of the victims, explaining the fans' overwhelming response.

The fund-raising effort organized by various campus organizations, including the MU student government association, asked fans to "Bring a buck" - at least one dollar - to the game to help fund the American Red Cross' relief effort.

"This shows great leadership, compassion and caring on the part of our students," Kopp said. "Hopefully this will inspire other students at higher education institutions across the nation to conduct similar fund-raising efforts in this time of terrible tragedy. I'm very proud of our students and everyone who gave."

What the students' effort did, Kopp said, was inspire MU alumni, members of the Marshall University Foundation, Inc., board of directors and others to give far more than one dollar each.

"They decided this was the right thing to do," Kopp said. "And they wanted to do it as a representative of Marshall University."

Misiti issued a challenge to all other higher education institutions in the United States to match Marshall's total.

"Here we are, a small university in West Virginia, one of the poorest states in the country, and we raise over a half-million dollars in one day," Misiti said. "Just think how much help we could provide if each of the other colleges and universities in the United States just match our total."

Gov. Manchin, who attended the game and participated with the students in collecting money, said he was going to challenge the country's other 49 governors to persuade student government associations at universities in their states to sponsor a "Bring a buck" event similar to Marshall's during next week's games.

"Marshall's student government was the first in the nation to start a 'Bring a buck' campaign, and raised over $500,000 that will help ease the human suffering caused by this tragedy," Manchin said. "If every person attending every college football game across the nation next week would give just one dollar each, the total would be incredible."

Marshall organizations participating in the "Bring a buck" event were: SGA; Biology Club; Delta Sigma Theta; Student Ambassadors; Pre-AMSA (American Medical Student Association); Honors 101; Circle K; Campus Crusade for Christ; Phi Mu; Gamma Beta Phi; ATO (Alpha Tau Omega); Athletics, Staff and Recreational Sports.

The game's final totals were:

  • Score: Kansas State 21, Marshall 19
  • Attendance: 36,914
  • "Bring a buck" funds raised: at least $521,000.

For more information, persons may contact Misiti at (304) 638-0288.

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From tragedy to triumph: Dardingers join MU's Pathway of Prominence

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In a ceremony this morning on Marshall University's main campus, Robert L. "Bob" Dardinger and his wife, Dianna L. Dardinger, of Columbus, Ohio, joined MU's Pathway of Prominence, bringing to 16 the number of Pathway members.

A plaque honoring the couple was unveiled at the Pathway, which is located at the center of the Huntington campus between Old Main and the Memorial Student Center. Donors who present gifts of $1 million or more to Marshall are honored with a plaque on the Pathway.

Robert Dardinger has three endowed scholarships in Marshall's Big Green Scholarship Foundation. They are a football scholarship, named for his twin brother, Richard "Dick" Dardinger, who died in the Marshall plane crash in 1970; an endowed scholarship for women's athletics in the name of Esther Simmons Dardinger, his first wife, who died of cancer, and another football scholarship in the name of his late mother and father, Louise and Carl Dardinger.

In 2004, Dardinger made the Big Green Scholarship Foundation the irrevocable beneficiary on his Charitable Remaining Trust.

 

"The Big Green would just like to thank Mr. Dardinger for his past, present and future patronage and support of the Big Green," David Cantor, Executive Director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, said. "It's people like Mr. Dardinger that will help Marshall University athletics grow into the future and provide quality education for quality students."

Other Pathway of Prominence honorees are: Clayton W. Dunlap and Bernice Virginia Dunlap; James F. Edwards and Joan C. Edwards; Daniel E. Wagoner and Virginia U. Wagoner; Wilbur E. Myers; Elizabeth McDowell Lewis; John Deaver Drinko and Elizabeth Gibson Drinko; James H. "Buck" Harless; John Oliver Butler and Ruth Elizabeth Butler; Lyle A. Smith; Charles B. Hedrick and Mary Jo Hedrick; James E. Gibson and Verna K. Gibson; Timothy L. Haymaker and Sandra K. Haymaker; F. Selby Wellman and Donna Wellman; William E. Willis and Joyce L. Willis; and Bliss L. Charles.

In Robert Dardinger's case, tragedy clearly doesn't know its limits. Even so, catastrophe can be a catalyst for incredible generosity, transforming loss into victory.  The route to Dardinger's generous gift was, however, circuitous and laden with intense struggles. The loss of both a wife and a brother, both at comparatively young ages, is more than many can bear.

Dardinger first became painfully acquainted with tragedy's arsenal after the catastrophic loss of his twin brother in the plane crash. Fighting to carry on after such devastation, Dardinger forged ahead with his life.  Years passed, and just when he thought his life was settling into a normal, middle-aged, middle-class existence, the unthinkable struck:  his 49-year-old wife succumbed to brain cancer. The saga would seem to have an unhappy ending, but the story does not end here.

Dardinger, a 1966 Marshall University freshman linebacker, spent the first two decades of his life playing football side by side with his twin brother, Richard Lee.  The dual announcements of the brothers' collegiate intentions were no surprise to Centerburg, Ohio, when both boys signed to play together.  The twins chose Marshall over the University of Kentucky through the urging of their high school coach, himself a former graduate student at Marshall.

The brothers eventually took separate paths. While Robert left the football team after the 1968 season, got married and started a family, Richard remained on the team.  After that fateful November night in 1970, when Robert Dardinger uncannily sensed something was terribly wrong, he committed to make a difference.  Somehow, some way, he would leave a legacy in memory of his twin. 

After completing a master's degree in education, Dardinger went back to his native Ohio to teach and coach at Johnstown High School, spending 28 years there.  On a teacher's salary, however, he never had the resources to make a real difference for his alma mater, although the desire was never far from his mind.  He had no idea what lurked around the corner, as his beloved Esther was diagnosed with cancer.

Through a series of misfortunes and disastrous errors, Esther lost her battle.  Dardinger took up the crusade to right the wrongs she suffered.  As a result, he ended up as the recipient of a significant jury award.  He immediately knew he would be able to keep the commitment he made to himself long before. He endowed the three scholarships and, ultimately, established a charitable trust as a major donation to the university. 

Dardinger has three adult children and his first biological grandchild, Caylan James LeMaster, was born on Aug. 31. The Dardinger legacy continues, despite the tragedies. And thanks to Robert Dardinger's resolute determination to make a difference, tragedy has been eased by triumph.


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MU's Black Alumni, Inc., sponsoring bus trip to game at Virginia Tech

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Black Alumni, Inc., is sponsoring a bus trip to the Thundering Herd's football game at Virginia Tech Saturday, Oct. 8, Janis Winkfield, a member and past president of the organization, said today.

The cost is $80 per person, which covers game ticket, light snacks on the bus and a tailgate party. Game time is 1 p.m., and the deadline for reserving a seat on the bus is Friday, Sept. 16.

Winkfield said the bus will leave the parking lot at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards Stadium at about 6 a.m. and return to Huntington immediately after the game.

To reserve a seat on the bus or for more information, please call Winkfield at 416-0938; David Harris at 697-1550 or 696-2597; Sonny Vines at 525-1816, or Raymond Ridgeway at 529-4692.


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Marshall offering free online courses to students registered at schools forced to shut down by Hurricane Katrina

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University is participating with more than 100 universities from around the country in a program that allows college students attending schools affected by Hurricane Katrina to enroll in online courses at no cost to themselves.

Marshall is offering 10 online courses, the maximum allowed, to be taught by Marshall faculty to the displaced students. Courses will begin on Oct. 10 and end no later than Jan. 6. The courses are being offered in collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board and with a $1.1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic nonprofit institution that was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr., then president and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation.  

The special accelerated program provides a wide range of courses to serve the learning needs of students at the community college, university and graduate level, regardless of academic discipline.  

The courses being offered at Marshall are: Introduction to Visual Art; General Chemistry I; General Chemistry II; Introduction to Cultural Geography; U.S. History Since 1877; Fundamentals of Computer Technology; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing, College Algebra and Introduction to Modern Philosophy.

"We have a wonderful opportunity here to help displaced students continue their education," Donna Spindel, chair of the MU department of history and MU's faculty coordinator for online instruction, said. "Online courses, because of their inherent flexibility, are well-suited to meeting the needs of the students in this kind of emergency situation."

Spindel said she is pleased that members of Marshall's faculty are willing to adjust their schedules and participate in the program.

"This is an indication of how many of our faculty are willing to come forward and help where they can," she said. 

Only students registered at schools that had to shut down because of the hurricane are eligible to enroll in the program, Spindel said. 

More information is available at www.SloanSemester.org, or by calling Spindel at (304) 696-2717.


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Five to join LCOB Hall of Fame in October

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five individuals who have had distinguished careers in their respective fields of business will be will be honored by Marshall University when they are inducted into the Lewis College of Business' Hall of Fame Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.

The Hall of Fame honors those people in the business community who have an outstanding record of long-standing achievement in their career fields.  It is the most distinguished honor granted by the Lewis College of Business (LCOB). 

"This is one of the really bright spots in our academic year for the Lewis College of Business," Dr. Paul Uselding, dean of LCOB, said.  "It is a privilege for us to be associated with the successful business people, past and present, who are honored by the peers in the business community with induction into LCOB's Hall of Fame.  We are also grateful for the tremendous vote of confidence shown by the friends of the college who have provided such generous support over the years."

Ross Dionne, president of the LCOB advisory board which oversees the induction process, noted the selection process is a rigorous one.  "The Marshall University Lewis College of Business advisory board of directors each year has the difficult challenge of narrowing the field of Marshall's many successful graduates and supporters to be inductees into the Business Hall of Fame," he said.

This year's inductees are:

Paul E. Arbogast, senior advisor to Ernst & Young LLP in Charleston, W.Va., is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPS). Arbogast graduated from the Lewis College of Business in 1969 with a B.B.A. in Accounting.  He is a past LCOB advisory board member and contributor to the LCOB.

Timothy L. Haymaker, owner of Haymaker/Bean Commercial Real Estate in Lexington, Ky., graduated from Marshall in 1969.  He serves as chairman of the Marshall University Campaign for National Prominence. Haymaker is a member of the university's Pathway of Prominence, the John Marshall Society and the Erickson Alumni Center Society.

Kathy G. Eddy is a shareholder of McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous, A.C. in Parkersburg, W.Va.  Eddy graduated from the Lewis College of Business in 1972 with a B.B.A. in accounting.  She is an active member and ex-chair of the board of directors of the AICPA and is a member of the LCOB advisory board.  Eddy is a member the West Virginia Society of CPA's and the West Virginia Board of Accountancy holding all offices, including president, of both organizations.    

Franklin P. Justice, Jr., is a retired vice president with Ashland, Inc., and a retired vice president for development at Marshall.  He graduated from the Lewis College of Business in 1977 with an M.B.A. in finance.  He is a member of the LCOB advisory board, the Erickson Alumni Center Society and the West Virginia Roundtable.  Justice has raised money for the John Deaver Drinko Library and endowments for LCOB.

David Hofstetter is founder and president of Parkline, Inc., in Winfield, W.Va.  He is a member of the LCOB advisory board and the Marshall University Graduate College Foundation.  Hofstetter was named West Virginia's Small Businessman of the Year in 1992.  He is a past president of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Development Authority.  He also served on the West Virginia Economic Development Grant Committee.

The criteria for receiving this award include an untarnished reputation, at least 25 years of distinguished service in a professional field, and professional standing evidenced by recognition on a state, regional or national basis.

The event begins with a formal reception at 6 p.m. and will be followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. 


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Statewide business leaders visit Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - About 50 business leaders affiliated with the Young Presidents Organization will visit Marshall University's Huntington campus Thursday Sept. 8.  

The Mountain State Chapter will gather on campus for an educational conference and  tour of the Forensic Science Center and Drinko Library.  Marshall University alumni Selby Wellman and Verna Gibson, leaders in their respective industries, will deliver a joint presentation to the group at 3 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center's Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. The tour of the Forensic Science Center, located at the old Fairfield Stadium site, is at 4 p.m.

The Young Presidents Organization is an international leadership group that is open to business leaders under the age of 44 who either serve as president or CEO of their companies. They must also meet other stringent requirements to participate. More information on YPO is available by calling Eric Nelson with the organization at (304) 347-7252.


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MU student government co-hosting 'Bring a Buck' at football game to raise money for hurricane victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - MU's Student Government Association, in conjunction with Volunteer Services and other campus organizations, is co-hosting "Bring a Buck" Saturday, Sept. 10, before the Thundering Herd's football game with Kansas State at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

"Bring a Buck" is a campaign to collect money for those who have been victimized by Hurricane Katrina. Marshall students and members of the American Red Cross will be stationed throughout Joan C. Edwards Stadium to collect donations from students and fans attending the game.

Student body president Michael Misiti is asking that each person donate at least $1 to the relief efforts.

"While the thoughts and prayers of the entire Marshall community go out to those affected by this tragedy, it is important to show them support and how much we care by making a monetary donation," Misiti said.

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Misiti said he hopes the campaign will raise more than $30,000. Kickoff is at 10:30 a.m.

A meeting will take place in the SGA office, Room 2W29 of the Memorial Student Center, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to discuss details of the event. Anyone interested in the event or how to become involved in the campaign efforts is welcome to attend.

For more information on this event, persons may contact Misiti at (304) 696-6436, Prudy Barker, Director of Volunteer Services at (304) 696-2496, or Jeanette Kripas, Student Government Association campus projects, at (304) 696-6412.


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Community and Technical College seeks donations for Katrina evacuees

The Marshall Community and Technical College is organizing a drive to collect toys and other children's items, including school supplies, to be delivered to Camp Dawson in Preston County (W.Va.), where hundreds of evacuees will be or have been taken.

Donna Donathan, Legal Assisting Coordinator with the community college, said people can drop off donations in her office (Corbly Hall 315) until 4 p.m. Friday. The donations will be delivered Saturday morning.

Some of the children will be enrolled in West Virginia schools, Donathan said. They need school supplies, such as pencils, pens, crayons, notebook paper, notebooks, colored pencils, highlighters, pencil boxes, lunch boxes and backpacks. Toys, board games, coloring books, children's books and stuffed animals are needed, too.

Other urgent needs are diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, disposable bibs, children's underwear and socks (boys and girls, all sizes) and toddler "sippy cups." Plastic grocery bags, to be used for diaper disposal, also are needed.

More information is available by calling Donathan at (304) 696-3022.


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Marshall waives application, late fees for displaced students; plans underway to raise money for hurricane victims

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University has waived all application and late fees for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who wish to take classes during the fall semester at MU, Craig Grooms, director of admissions, said today.

Grooms said Marshall has admitted three students from Tulane University in New Orleans and accommodated their academic needs. All three students are from the tri-state area.

No deadline has been set for displaced students to enroll at Marshall. Each future request will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by university deans.

On Thursday, MU President Stephen J. Kopp wrote a letter to Shelby F. Thames, president of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., and Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University, offering assistance to each.

In part, Kopp wrote: "At Marshall University we feel a special bond with your institution following the widespread destruction of Hurricane Katrina. We watched with shock and dismay as the events of the last few days unfolded. Our students, faculty and staff are asking how we may be of assistance to you and your institution."

In a meeting this afternoon at the Memorial Student Center, Marshall students, faculty and staff began making plans for a relief effort for victims of Katrina.

Thunder Relief 2005 will be a joint effort of Marshall student organizations, faculty and staff to raise money in response to the devastation from the disaster in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. All donations raised from the effort will be given to the American Red Cross.

Thunder Relief 2005 shirts will be sold beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6 for a minimum donation of $5. The shirts will be sold at the Marshall University ticket office and Memorial Student Center.

Students also will be accepting donations at the Kansas State-Marshall football game, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The hope is that the game will attract a sellout crowd of more than 38,000, and each fan attending will "Bring a Buck" - or more - for the relief fund.

Volunteers will be located at the gates and throughout the parking lots to accept the donations. For more information, persons may contact Prudy Barker, director of volunteer services and student affairs, at (304) 696-2495.

At the medical school, Dr. Robert B. Walker is serving as the liaison officer for any medical personnel in the hurricane-stricken areas who need to get Marshall's assistance in transferring patients or providing medical or other required public health resources.

MU is joining forces with other medical schools across the United States in this "virtual" consultation/triage facility, which is being coordinated by the Association of American Medical Colleges at the request of the National Institutes of Health.

Medical students and others also are looking for ways to help. Fourth-year medical student Robin Bush is working with relief organizations and school officials to find an effective way for med students and school employees to raise funds for hurricane relief.

"Not everybody here who wants to go down there to help can go, but we can help here through appropriate channels like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army," she said. "Right now we're working with the med school administration to identify possibilities."


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Marshall University Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors co-sponsoring blood drive

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors are co-sponsoring a blood drive on campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 7-8 in the Don Morris Room located inside the Memorial Student Center.

Numerous local restaurants have donated food for the blood drive canteen. Some of these include Hillbilly Hotdogs, Jolly Pirate Donuts, Domino's Pizza, Stewart's Hot Dogs and Papa John's Pizza.

Jeanette Kripas, Student Government Association Campus Projects executive chair, has been in charge of organizing the event. "I'm really pleased with how much positive feedback and support I've already received and I'm anticipating a good turnout," Kripas said.

Molly Haught, American Red Cross Donor Marketing Specialist, said summer blood donations have been down, but she is optimistic that as school begins, donations will go up. "The more people you tell about the blood drive and the more people you get involved the better we'll be," Haught said.

T-shirts will be given to those who participate in the blood drive and there also will be a raffle for gift certificates to Chili Willi's.


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Manchin joins in celebration of Artists Series' return to Keith Albee

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Today, for the second time in a little more than three months, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin joined with supporters of the Marshall Artists Series in celebrating the return of the series to the Keith Albee Theatre for the 2005-06 season.

At a news conference on the theatre's stage in downtown Huntington, Manchin announced that $60,000 from the state budget will be used for operation of the Artists Series this season.

"First Lady Gayle Manchin and I remain strong supporters of the fine arts in the Mountain State, and the Marshall Artists Series is a great example of how communities rally together to provide both private and public support that make these kinds of venues a reality," Manchin said.

"I want to recognize the hard work of Senate Education Chair Bob Plymale and the Cabell-Wayne legislative delegation, as well as the tremendous community support this program enjoys. We also want to recognize the involvement of Marshall University, as they continue to serve as a critical component to the betterment of all West Virginians." 

Last May, Manchin, along with Plymale and other area legislators, presented Penny Watkins, executive director of the Artists Series, with a check for $35,000 to help ensure that series events will take place at the Keith Albee and aide in the organization's success.

Plymale, along with Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp and David Tyson, chairman of the Artists Series board of advisors, joined Manchin in today's news conference.

"This is the first money ever given to the Artists Series in a budget item," Plymale said. "That's $95,000 in three months, which shows the governor and the Legislature recognize the contribution of the Artists Series to the Huntington community."

Though new to Marshall, Kopp said he is well aware of the importance of the Artists Series continuing at the Keith Albee.

"The Keith Albee Theatre is an excellent venue for the Artists Series," Kopp said. "Not only does it accommodate the large audiences, but its downtown location symbolizes the superb town and gown relationship that Marshall has with Huntington and the Tri-State Area."

Tyson, too, praised Manchin for playing a major role in the future of the Artists Series.

"The fact that the governor has included the Marshall Artists Series in the state budget speaks volumes of his commitment to the performing arts, and to the future of the Marshall Artists Series," Tyson said.

Watkins stressed the importance of legislative support as the Artists Series prepares for its 69th season.

"It is an exciting time for the Marshall Artists Series," Watkins said. "Leadership and vision at both the state and local levels that recognize the importance of arts programming is vital to the quality of life in any community. We are most grateful for the invaluable support of Governor Manchin, Senator Plymale, Delegate Kevin Craig, and David Tyson for their continued efforts and support on behalf of Marshall University and the Marshall Artists Series."

The new season begins Sept. 23-29 with the Fall International Film Festival. Season tickets may be ordered by calling (304) 696-6656. Tickets to individual shows will be available Sept. 12.


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